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June-20-07

Kopp Sentenced to Life Plus 10 in Federal Court for Abortion Provider's Murder

Anti-abortion extremist James Kopp was sentenced yesterday to a life term plus 10 years in prison by a federal judge. Kopp, who had already been convicted in a state court in 2003 of assassinating Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, an abortion provider, was found guilty of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act (PDF), which the Feminist Majority helped pass. Kopp's violation of the FACE Act drew the life term; the additional 10 years were for using a firearm in a crime of violence.

"You served as prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner," US District Judge Richard J. Arcara told Kopp during the sentencing, the Buffalo News reports. "You decided that you know better than any law."

In October 1998, Kopp, known as "Atomic Dog" in anti-abortion extremist circles, hid in the woods outside of Dr. Slepian's house, shooting and killing Dr. Slepian through his kitchen window. Before his arrest by authorities in 2001, Kopp fled the country, hiding in Mexico, Ireland, and France. He is currently a suspect in four other non-fatal shootings of abortion providers and has been charged with the 1995 attempted murder of a doctor in Ontario, Canada.

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Media Resources: AP 6/19/07; UPI 6/20/07; Buffalo News 6/20/07


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